An analysis of the concept of partnership in the couples undergoing infertility treatment

Liying Ying, Jean Tak Alice Loke Yuen

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The elements of a partnership in the couples undergoing infertility treatment are not well understood. This article aims to fill the gap by using Rodger's evolutionary method of concept analysis. The attributes of the concept partnership that were identified are a process of joint hardship, sharing, intracouple communication, and mutual support. The antecedents are love and attraction for each other, agreement, and interpersonal skills. The consequences are marital benefit, improvement in psychological status, and quality of life. A middle-range model for partnership in relationship to infertile couples is proposed. The understanding of the phenomenon of partnership will enable the researchers to develop interventions, identify the appropriate assessment instruments, and to determine directions for future research on effort to support infertile couples through their hardship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-256
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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